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down to the barn and gets to figuring about Sullins. He gets
madder and madder, and then being a complete damn fool
he goes to the house and gets him some paper outer one of
the children's writing tablets and a pencil and fixes up the
letter. Then he gets him a piece of binder twine outer the
barn and goes down by the creek and cuts him some willow
switches and after it gets dark he walks down the road toward
the Snllins place and sticks 'em in the mailbox. Then," Mr.
Burden had lamely finished, " he goes on back home."

There had been a moment of silence in which the men
seemed to be turning Mr. Burden's words over and over in
their minds. Then Captain Todd had broken the silence.
"Mr. Chairman," he had said quietly, "it seems to me it
don't exactly matter who wrote the letter or why, really. It
seems to me, being the board, we'll just have to take it as
done with malice aforethought and act accordingly. Mr.
Chairman "—and he had hesitated while the other men all
looked at him—"I move that the board of directors of the
Association of Growers of Dark Fired Tobacco make a state-
ment condemning the author of the anonymous communi-
cation received by Mr. Ben Sullins and that the statement be
given to all the papers of this section for publication,"

" I second the motion," Mr. Munn had said.

The motion had been unanimously carried.

"And that's a good thing, gentlemen, in my opinion," the
Senator had observed while the secretary was writing out the
statement "What the Association wants is justice, but we
must have it in an orderly fashion. We do not want to see
the passions inflamed."

** I just hate to think how easy it is to inflame my passions/'
Mr. Christian had said to no one in particular, showing his
Mg yellow teeth in an amiable grin.

Within fifteen minutes the whole matter had been for-
gottm, apparently, and no one referred to it again after the
reading of the board's statement by Mr. Sills. It did not
itoir to Mr. Munn's mind until late that evening when Mr.
Christian, after the ladies had gone to bed, began to tell